Think Happy Thoughts

While parenthood is certainly one of the most amazing changes in any new mom's life, the day to day can also be challenging. Get through the tough times with these positive affirmations.

Happy woman with newborn

This too shall pass

On a super-tough day when you're covered in baby spit-up, pee and maybe some other baby bodily functions before the clock strikes 9:00 a.m., remind yourself that this moment -- and many more like it to come -- will pass quickly.

I am my child's best teacher

New parents have the opportunity to teach children all their firsts -- like their amazing first smiles, giggles and words. Remember that all the little things you are doing on a daily basis add up to a world of education for your baby.

I have an amazing body

Instead of focusing on trying to get back to your pre-pregnancy shape and dissing your how your body looks now, give your body props for the amazing thing it just did -- grow a little life! Instead of dieting to lose baby weight, focus on feeding your body the best foods for nutrition and health.

Every moment is precious

Instead of spending too much time deciding which is best brand of baby food to serve baby or wishing your baby was older so he could walk, talk, etc., just relax and be in the moment. Enjoy the small things in every stage of parenthood and in your baby's life. Although the days can be long, the time goes by so fast and before you know it baby will be grown! Cherish the time you have with your baby right now and remind yourself how lucky you are to be able to share every precious moment with her.

I am a good mom

All you need to do is look into your baby's eyes to recognize that to him, you are truly everything you need to be. Remind yourself that you don't have to be a perfect mom, just the best mom you can be to your children. Try not to take everything so seriously -- you will make mistakes along the road of parenthood, as every other parent does. However, every mistake can be a learning experience.

More for new moms

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Surviving the first three months of motherhood
Maintain your identity when you become a mom

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